Owning Goats

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Your goats need the majority of their diet to be natural roughage from shrubs, woody plants, hay, tree bark, and more. The roughage they consume will most likely not provide them with all the nutrients they need to keep perfect health. It is probably going to be necessary for you to supplement their diet with a coarse grain like goat feed, corn, or another good grain product.

If you give your goats a diet that’s almost all grain they will develop kidney problems that may be fatal. A goat has to have a balanced diet which contains between 75% and 80 percent of their dietary intake from natural roughage providing plants.

You might have discovered that a goat can eat anything, or that a goat will eat anything. This isn’t correct. Many organic plants can either make your animal very sick, or sometimes can cause premature death for the animal. Plants that will make your goats ill.

• Hemlock
• Wild cherry
• Azalea
• Dark walnut
• Rhododendron
• Sheep laurel and Mountain Laurel
• Juniper
• Ponderosa Pine
• Yew
• Mesquite Pods

Keep lots of fresh water available to your own pets at all times. The quantity of water they will need will vary depending on the moisture content in the food they are eating. In the winter months if you reside in an area that sees temperatures fall below freezing for long periods of time you will want to receive a submersible heater to put in the water container so the animal water doesn’t freeze solid.

Shelter is a necessity for your animals. They need a dry place where they can get in from the rain, and where they could sleep without the dew falling on them. Their shelter should provide them a way t get out of the cold winds which blow in the winter, and provides them with security from natural predators.

Most goat owners place a thick layer of straw or hay inside their shelters so their animals will have adequate protection from the cold and dampness of the ground. You can put a wooden floor in your shelter if you choose.

A large dog house is also a fantastic shelter alternative for a goat. The animal will go inside the structure and they will also climb on the construction. Many owners buy the little igloo dog houses and set them inside their enclosure so their small creatures can go inside them.

You will need to learn to trim the hooves of your goats. You can set rocks or concrete blocks in the pen with the animal to assist them naturally maintain their hooves, but from time to time you need to insect their hooves and cut off excess.

Good Fencing

You want to install fences which the animal cannot squeeze through and cannot lift to go under. Goats are famous for sticking their heads through the fence and often getting their horns hung up in the fence.

You need strong fences with secure gates to contain these animals. They will often push against the fence like they are scratching their sides on the fence so getting your fencing material properly fastened to the fence-posts is quite important.

Signs Your Goat is Sick

No matter how good you look after your animals there will be times that they get sick. The best way to find out whether you’ve got a sick animal is to look closely at their normal behaviors. Then when one of these animals begins to act differently from what they normally do you will be quick to notice the difference.

Some signs of illness in goats are:
• When They Don’t chew their cud
• When they refuse to get up
• When they are not eating like they generally do
• When their poop is solid or liquid instead of in pellets like it ought to be
• Walk and shout more than ordinary
• They stop drinking
• They begin to grind their teeth
• They have a limp
• They’re staggering
• Their udders are hot to the touch
• They are coughing
• Their eyelids or gums are ale in color
• They have a runny nose

They’ll help to maintain property clear of weeds and shrubs, and the young ones will bring a reasonable price when you sell them. Taking good care of the animals is not really hard to do, and the benefits outweigh any trouble that the care presents.

Caring for your new animals will be among the main things you do.

Information about Turkeys

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The turkey is a large bird, native to North America. The name turkey was initially applied to the guinea fowl that was presumed to have originated in Turkey. However, the American turkey is a quite different species from the guinea fowl, though the name remained. It was called a”peru” from the 18th century. Some common breeds of turkey are: Narragansett, Bronze, White Holland, and Bourbon Red.

The breeder farm is the place where the hen lays the eggs. These eggs are collected and delivered to the hatchery. In the hatchery, the eggs are stored in special incubators after cleaning. These incubators provide the right temperature and humidity levels for allowing the eggs to hatch. Generally, turkey eggs take 28 days to hatch. The baby turkeys, also known as poults, are kept in the hatchery until they are moved to the turkey farms. From the turkey farms, the hen turkeys and the tom turkeys are reared separately. The poults should be fed properly and watched attentively, at least until they shed their down feathers and receive the outer feathers. For this, they are put in climate-controlled barns that have soft flooring covered with straw or wood chips. They’re fed on a soft powdered combination of soybean, wheat and corn. Other nutrients like barley, milk powder, meat meal, lime rock, salt, vitamin premix, methionine, lysine and insoluble grit can also be added. Adequate water must also be provided.

These days, many improvements have been made in the genetics of turkeys. The white broad-breasted turkey has been the most common commercially raised turkey breed, since the 1960s. Additionally, there are various strains of this white broad-breasted turkey which are reared in different parts of North America. Turkeys are bred specially to have more meat in the breast and thighs. White feathered turkeys are generally preferred, since they don’t leave any ugly pigment stains when plucked.

Turkeys take around 4-5 months to grow to full size. Birds less than 8 months of age are known as young turkeys. The hen turkeys take 16 weeks to mature completely, and average around 8 to 16 pounds in weight. The tom turkey takes around 19 weeks and weighs anywhere between 16 and 24 lbs. Larger tom turkeys may weigh up to 40 pounds. These take a couple more weeks to grow. A breeder tom turkey can create up to 1,500 poults in a hen’s six-month laying cycle.

Turkeys receive a balanced diet containing mainly of soybean and corn. This is also supplemented with vitamins and minerals. A 30-pound tom turkey (male) requires around 84 lbs of feed an average. The expense of the feed is usually 2/3 of the complete price. Use of growth hormones for Raising Turkeys is prohibited. The quantity of antibiotics to be provided and the withdrawal period are determined by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service). The turkey’s wellbeing is inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or other state systems, and it may also be graded for quality. Turkeys that have been on antibiotics are not allowed to be processed for sometime before the residue of this medication has cleared from the body. Turkey farms are usually comfortable, providing shelter from harsh weather, predators, and disease.